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Mona Lisa Smile (Bilingual) [Import]
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Academy Award(r)-winner Julia Roberts (Best Actress in a Leading Role, Erin Brockovich, 2000) leads an all-star cast featuring Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhall and Marcia Gay Harden. MONA LISA SMILE is a funny, inspiring and uplifting film about an art history professor with a lot to teach about life and much to learn about romance.
Après avoir réalisé des films aussi différents que Quatre mariages et un enterrement ou Donnie Brasco, Mike Newell poursuit son cheminement éclectique avec Le Sourire de Mona Lisa, regard sur les balbutiements du féminisme dans les années 50 en Amérique.
En 1953, Katherine Watson, jeune diplômée de lUniverité de Californie à Los Angeles (UCLA), accepte un poste de professeure en histoire de lart au collège Wellesley, institution conservatrice où lon forme les jeunes filles de bonne famille à devenir de parfaites mères et épouses. Miss Watson est convaincue quelle réussira à ouvrir dautres horizons à ses élèves en les enjoignant à penser par elles-mêmes.
Même si le scénario du Sourire de Mona Lisa faisait craindre un simple copié collé au féminin de celui du Cercle des poètes disparus, le résultat savère toutefois original. La jeune professeure (une Julia Roberts pas toujours dans le ton) ne cherche pas à galvaniser lesprit de ses troupes (Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles et Maggie Gyllenhaal en tête) en lançant des slogans accrocheurs, mais plutôt à les accompagner sur le chemin de lémancipation. Sans être trop simplificateur, le film nous fait alors sentir le poids des conventions que ces femmes eurent à éprouver. Bien que multipliant les histoires secondaires à lutilité plus ou moins affirmée, et ne sachant tout à fait trouver un rythme adéquat, Le Sourire de Mona Lisa a le mérite de faire un portrait assez juste de cette génération de femmes des années 50 à qui lon apprenait la docilité comme vertu première. Helen Faradji.
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Is she an iconolast..a teacher..or someone trying to convert others to her values. The Roberts character, played with an aloofness and independence by the actress, at first seems harsh to the viewer and they have trouble identifying but that tells me she's hit the nail on the head in this movie, and the acting is good. She shouldnt be someone who we cozy up to..and the persona here in no way is that. Academic freedom...i find the ladies at this level of education are smart, and well developed personally in many ways, and though many as the bonus features shows at films end were celibate, that just tells me they are much better to appreciate art then modern persons. There minds are more studious, and although the interest in dating and men is there, they have really given that up for a life of study...like the independent minded of years ago who removed themselves from the world...although here it's briefly since they do eventually marry.Read more ›
I was really impressed how they addressed what is expected from all women, but also how all women are DIFFERENT. On one hand, there is Katherine Watson who believes women should not simply get married and have children, that there is "more to life" than motherhood. On the other hand, there is the university and most of its faculty and students who believe the opposite. And then there are the very few (or maybe one) in between who believe in possibilities... Though the character Katherine Watson has a noble agenda to change the rigid motherly ideals of the school, she has simply fled to the opposite extreme with rigid academic ideals.
Though this movie takes place in the 1950's, these themes are NOT irrelevent. Take it from a college girl herself (and many of my friends) - many of these expectations and pressures still exist in different forms. Replace Katherine with your high school, your peers, and your parents, and replace the Wellesley of the 1950s with your grandmothers, your aunts, your friends and you have MY life with a seemingly opposite but very similar struggle.
Therefore, I give this movie 5 stars. It realistically depicts the struggle that can still be seen in many women's lives today, but does not provide a cop-out answer for the masses. Like the analogy in the film of the paint-by-number sets, women are not cookie cutter shapes!
All the actresses in this movie did a wonderful job. Julia Stiles, Julia Roberts, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and more.. I was easily able to relate to these characters, and their development is exceptionally interesting. This film holds much significance to those of us women who have lived it out in one way or another.
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Wonderful movie, especially for women who lived through that era.Published 15 months ago by Carla Matthies
Even though it was not as good a movie as some of her other movies that she has done, I still enjoyed it. Read morePublished on Dec 3 2010 by Duchess
I loved this movie. It is a film all feminist women should see and I think they'll enjoy it as much as I did. Read morePublished on March 8 2006 by Penny Lane
Guys if you are forced to watch this movie fake a serious illness or better yet fake death. If your woman doesn't kill you this movie will. Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2004 by Frank